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Project Collaborator

Daniel Borzutzky

Associate Professor in English, Latin American and Latino Studies University of Illinois Chicago


Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator from Spanish. He holds a joint appointment in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago. He has recently taught creative writing workshops as well as courses in U.S. Latinx literature and Latin American literature, with a specific interest in the ways in which they intersect. His 2016 collection, The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press), won the National Book Award. His most recent publications are Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 (Coffee House Press, 2021); and Lake Michigan (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His work has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council. He has worked as an editor at Kenning Editions, overseeing the publication of new translations from Cuba and Argentina. He also serves as the Intercambio (Spanish-translation) poetry editor at Chicago’s MAKE Magazine, and he is an artistic director for MAKE’s Lit and Luz Festival, an ongoing collaboration between writers and artists from Chicago and Mexico.


Illustration courtesy Stacy Hardy

Transperformations: Breathing Machines Across the Worlds

Project Topics:

2023 – 2024